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Josh Hartnett Says He Turned Down 'Superman Returns' As Well As Playing Spider-Man And Batman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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August Josh Hartnett
This spring Josh Hartnett returns to our collective consciousness in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," and it has been a long time since we've seen him anything. The past four of five years has seen the actor drift with indies nobody saw ("Stuck Between Stations," "August," "Girl Walks Into A Bar"), genre fare that no one saw ("Bunraku," "I Come With The Rain") and troubled international blockbusters ("Singularity"). But perhaps his career might've been different, if he had made some different choices.

Watch: Trailer For Sam Mendes' Horror Series 'Penny Dreadful' Invites You To A World Of Sex, Blood & Monsters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2014 10:17 AM
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Penny Dreadful
What happens who you toss together Frankenstein's monster, Dorian Gray and Count Dracula in Victorian era London? Well, we're about to find out at as executive producer Sam Mendes and creator John Logan are bringing them all in the upcoming "Penny Dreadful," with the full length trailer promising no shortage of spooky happenings.

10 Actors Hollywood Tried And Failed To Make Happen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 31, 2013 1:21 PM
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Actors That Hollywood Tried to make Happen and failed
This week, a small-scale indie Australian surfing movie called “Drift,” which details two surfing brothers struggling to overcome their debt-ridden backgrounds and avoid a descent into criminality, opens in limited release. It shares almost nothing in common with the Biggest-Movie-Of-All-Time “Avatar” except its star, Sam Worthington, who in fact plays third lead here behind two largely unknown Aussie actors as the brothers. If it seems like a far cry from Pandora for Worthington, well, that’s because it is. Nothing to do with the quality of the film, but just in terms of the whisper-quiet buzz it’s getting, which Worthington’s presence alone should have beefed up if his stock in Hollywood meant anything at all. Yet despite a concerted effort that happened back there, Worthington just hasn’t ever become a bankable studio lead, and so here we are.

Eva Green & Josh Hartnett Join Sam Mendes Produced Horror TV Series 'Penny Dreadful'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 31, 2013 10:20 AM
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Even throughout its preposterous narrative and wildly fluctuating tone, HBO's “True Blood” has nonetheless still garnered a consistent audience every week. Now in its sixth season, the erotic melodrama has laid down the working template that premium channels aspire to create, and with the Sam Mendes-produced series, “Penny Dreadful,” Showtime believes it has a prime contender, and also two newly-cast leads to front the enterprise.

Anatomy Of A Tweet Gone Awry AKA Josh Hartnett Won't Be In 'Daredevil' Despite Massive Wishful Thinking

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 19, 2012 3:29 PM
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Le sigh...George Orwell once wrote, "journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations," which means 99% of what we do is the latter (we're not fooling ourselves). But lord, this 2+2=7, "Daredevil" story is a bit sad even for our crazy world of would-be, very wishful thinking.

Roland Joffe's 'Singularity' With Josh Hartnett Runs Into Legal & Financial Woes, May Not Be Completed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 12:24 PM
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We'll be totally honest, we kind of completely forgot this movie existed or was even happening, although with this latest bit of news, perhaps it's no surprise. But let's recap a bit, shall we? In the works since '90s, and originally set to star Brendan Fraser and Aishwarya Rai, filming finally got underway on Roland Joffe's "Singularity" in late 2010 with Josh Hartnett, Bipashu Basu and Neve Campbell. The film boasts an ambitious story, first taking place in 2020, centering on a modern day marine biologist Jay Fennel (Hartnett) who undertakes a near-fatal dive to save his wife Laura (Campbell) while exploring an 18th Century merchant ship wreckage. He winds up in a Boston hospital in a dream-like coma, where he envisions India in 1778 where British captain James Stewart (Hartnett, again) is about to embark on a dangerous mission and falls in love with a Marathi warrior named Tulaja Naik (Basu). But it seems from day one, there were problems.

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